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DIRTY GIRL

ABE SYLVIA began his career in entertainment as a Broadway dancer and performer, serving "a two year sentence” in Cats, followed by the premiere company of Mel Brooks' smash The Producers. He has worked with such directors as Susan Stroman, Trevor Nunn, Gillian Lynne, Jeremy Sams, Michael Bay, Jerry Mitchell, Jeff Calhoun and Tommy Tune. He turned his attention to film, television and commercials work in 2001. A graduate of UCLA film school, where his mentors included Gyula Gazdag, Jerzy Antczak, Nancy Richardson and Curtiss Clayton, he is the recipient of the Jack Nicholson Distinguished Director Award, the James Bridges Prize in directing, and the Vito Russo screenwriting award. His films have screened in over 100 international festivals. He has directed and/or choreographed commercials for Svedka Vodka, Coca-Cola, and Chrysler. Most recently, Abe wrote and directed a pilot for MySpace Television about the lives of six young adults at a prestigious arts college.

DIRTY GIRL which he also wrote, is his first feature.

Juno Temple: "Working with Abe was magical; I just trusted him with my life which meant that I could completely let go and engross myself in this wonderful character he had created. He has such a vision and each moment is already alive in his imagination. It was thrilling to work with a director that is so involved with every aspect of the film (Abe even found and bought some of my costumes). He has got such wonderful things ahead of him and I am so honored and thankful that he believed in me for DIRTY GIRL. I really really hope that I get the opportunity to work with him again, we had the time of our lives!”

Mary Steenburgen: "Abe Sylvia was born to direct. He had a clear vision about every single aspect of this film from the production design to the costumes and my hilarious hair-do. He also is the kind of director that makes an actor want to walk through fire for him. I'd love to work with him again.”

Jeremy Dozier: "Working with Abe was a dream. His amazing vision and creativity excited everyone on set. I think everyone knew that Abe was something special and because of that knew this project was going to be something special.”

Tim McGraw: "Abe Sylvia had a clear vision about every single aspect of this film from the production design to the costumes. Abe created an incredibly creative atmosphere on set where people felt like they could take chances and voice ideas that might enhance the project.”

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